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It's your money, you decide - Voting opens for Young People's Participatory Budgeting scheme

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It's your money, you decide - Voting opens for Young People's Participatory Budgeting scheme

Posted on 8 Nov 2019

Calling all 8 to 25-year-olds! The voting stage of North Ayrshire Council’s Young People’s Participatory Budgeting scheme is now open, so don’t miss the chance to have a say on where the cash is spent in your area.

Voting is open to everyone within that age group who lives in Irvine, Kilwinning, Three Towns and the Garnock Valley, with the vote being hosted on the Young Scot website. Voting will close on Friday, November 22.

Access to the online voting platform will be through your Young Scot National Entitlement Card – or you can obtain a temporary number to vote by emailing youthpb@north-ayrshire.gov.uk. You can vote at young.scot/NAPB.

There will also be the opportunity to vote in schools and at youth centres.

A total of £60k is available to share between projects throughout all of the six North Ayrshire localities – Irvine, Kilwinning, Three Towns, Arran, Garnock Valley and the North Coast – including £10k which will focus on young people’s mental health and well-being.

Applications for grants of up to £1000 have been submitted by individuals, clubs, groups and Parent Councils, with each project representing at least one of the following themes:

  • Health and Well-being
  • Poverty and Inequality
  • Participation and Young People’s Voice

It’s now up to North Ayrshire’s young people to decide which of these projects most deserve to receive the funding.

Please note that due to the number of applications received in the Arran and North Coast localities, all bids fulfilling the essential criteria will be automatically funded and therefore a public vote will not be necessary in these areas.

Audrey Sutton, Interim Executive Director of Communities at North Ayrshire Council, said: “Last year, 56 local clubs and groups benefited through our Young People’s Participatory Budgeting scheme, with almost 6,500 votes cast through the Young Scot website.

“Our young people know better than anyone else which projects will be the most beneficial to them in their local communities, so it is only fair that they have the final say on how this money is spent.

“Youth PB funding has made a massive difference to many local projects in the past couple of years. It has been fantastic to see our young people benefit from the scheme, and we look forward to this year’s results and the positive outcomes that this funding will bring.”

To find out more about North Ayrshire Council’s Participatory Budgeting schemes, visit www.northayrshire.community/get-involved/participatory-budgeting-in-north-ayrshire.

It’s your money, you decide!